By Katherine B. Parilli
Gifts so bright and merry make the heart to sing
as with delight we contemplate the wonder of a package full of mystery.
But not all gifts come in packages wrapped in paper or tied by string.
The greatest gifts in life come in quiet moments,
winding their way into our lives in the most unexpected ways.
Gifts so beautiful and dear
can be found in eyes so sad and lonely
that they bring our hearts to tears.
A furry bundle,
messy and outwardly pathetic
are often the greatest gift of all.
For the greatest gifts of all,
gifts of glorious value might rarely cost more than a few treasured pennies,
but they will feed our hearts for the rest of our lives.
Wrapped in simple tail wags,
sealed by the kisses of a puppy tongue,
the gift of hope,
the gift of love
will be revealed,
as one of the greatest gifts of all.